Cancer Full Moon – 1/12/17

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Early on the morning of Thursday, January 12, 2017, the Cancer full moon will be exact. At the moment that the moon forms its exact opposition to the Sun, creating what we see on Earth as the full moon, it will also be caught up in a larger, more rare aspect, known as a Grand Cross. A Grand Cross is a tense planetary aspect made up of 4 or more planets, located 90 degrees apart from one another, giving way to 2 sets of oppositions and/or 4 squares.

While full moons tend to trigger emotions by revealing that which has been hidden or brewing beneath the surface, Grand Crosses typically present us with challenges or difficult events that demand we must act or change our ways. The energy of the Grand Cross is an accumulation of built up tension that has had no way to release; pent up energy that we have been repressing while we go about tending to the many things that require our attention, ignoring the calls or whispers from within. Though the goal is for this energy to push us forward, toward something different though still familiar; the method tends to feel a bit more brutal, as the lessons we find ourselves presented with can feel as though we have no choice in the matter but to change and evolve.

With the Sun and Moon, opposing each other in Cancer and Capricorn, and Jupiter and Uranus opposing each other in Libra and Aries, this Grand Cross will highlight a sense of fusion of the Cardinal energies of the sky; emphasizing a need for movement, for change and evolution; but also, a need for the freedom to act and be true to ourselves without judgment or restriction.

The full moon straddles the 2nd and 8th houses, with Cancer and Capricorn on the cusps, respectively. The Moon in Cancer in the 8th house can feel intensely emotional, as the moon is associated with our emotional identity and the 8th house, with the darker aspects of life and self.

We may find ourselves undergoing a period of rebirth, examining the deepest parts of our personal truths, elements of our sexuality and spirituality, as well as the fine line that exists between the two.

Meanwhile, the energy of the Sun tugs on the Moon from the 2nd house, associated with money, stability and self-esteem. With Capricorn on the cusp, and Pluto just a few degrees away from the Sun, there is likely sense of goals and/or financial shifting taking place, as well as a feeling of being “changed” and trying to better understand one’s personal sense of power.

The rest of the Grand Cross action takes place in the 5th and 11th houses, where Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Libra create the second opposition. Uranus, which has a rather erratic energy to it, is concerned with individuality, invention and pursuing things beyond the status quo. Uranus in headstrong Aries, in the 5th house associated with play, children and release, can feel like the need to do something new or differently. There may be a need to pursue new hobbies, to find a new way to “play” in life and explore your surroundings. As well as the need to break the mold, not just for self-satisfaction, but for release and for the room to grow in the direction of our dreams.

Jupiter is a huge, expansive, healing planet with the ability to magnify that which it touches. It is also associated with luck, a sense of benevolence and spirituality. With Jupiter in Libra, in the 11th house associated with our social circles and sense of community, we are being reminded of the resourcefulness of our friends. Whether it be a shoulder to cry on, the right contact to guide you on your way, or simply someone to validate your feelings or experience, there is a good chance that many of the answers being sought after can be found within the realm of ones social circle. With all that is conflicting within, there exists great ability to find healing in those we surround ourselves with.

 

The specific affects of planetary transits differ based on where planets are located in one’s natal chart and where the current planets are transiting. The above is a general forecast based off a chart designed for the aspect discussed.  If you would like more personalized advice, or have questions or feedback of any kind, please send me an email!

Pisces Full Moon, Jupiter Opposite Neptune

The Sun made its transition into Virgo last Sunday where it met up with Mercury and Jupiter, and on Saturday, August 29th, we witness the Pisces full moon.

The shift in energy, as the Sun moves from fixed, assertive, big-pictured Leo, to mutable, contemplative, detail oriented Virgo is much needed. With all of the changes that we have been considering, making and attempting to implement over the past month – life has felt a bit overwhelming. Leo can make things feel dramatic and over the top, it may have been hard to break things apart and look at them piece by piece – getting caught up in the big picture. With the energy shifting to Virgo, we begin to focus on fine-tuning details and planning on how we are going to accomplish our new goals.

This Pisces full moon comes packed with Pisces energy, as Jupiter and Neptune who co-rule Pisces will also be in opposition. All this watery energy helps to cool down the heat and ego of Leo, in addition to bringing us in touch with our true intent and dreams.

The Sun in Virgo in the 10th house suggests that after much considering, it is likely we have made a decision about our place in the world, and how we want or don’t want others to perceive us. Perhaps we have not yet acknowledged this choice aloud to ourselves or to others, but close examination of actions will show that we indeed have chosen the path we will take. Additionally, there is the likelihood that whatever decision has been made has either affected, or will soon will affect our public reputation in one way or another. Jupiter’s presence a mere 3° away, gives all the support imaginable. Still, it is going to take some perseverance. Belief, commitment and desire are the keys here – without them the burdens of daily obligation will be more obvious and may outweigh the benefits. Additionally, with Virgo’s tendency to find flaw and criticize, one should be conscious of the advice they give, share and receive. Avoid the tendency to be overly cynical or judgmental – there is a difference between constructive criticism and an insult.

With the full moon in Pisces, taking place in the 4th house, though we may be able to “keep it together” in public, at home, emotions are still running rather high. Beneath the surface, there is still some uncertainty about what we have agreed or committed to – but home is where we are free to release from the anxious tension of the day. Neptune’s presence has the tendency to blur the lines of reality, sometimes, causing us to view the world with rose tinted glasses, where everything appears wonderful and rosey, other times, causing us to view it with our dark brown tinted glasses, where everything appears horrible and shitty. This makes it particularly important to stay present and to take things at face value. Be realistic and proactive, playing the victim does not serve anyone.

Venus slowly retrograding back through Leo, continues to sift through and re-evaluate our relationships with those we love, our values and our most prized possessions, meets up with and forms a conjunction to Mars on the first of September. Its likely that over the past month, Venus retrograde has inspired you to question certain elements in your life that seem to no longer fit or serve you. Periodically clearing ones life of the outdated is healthy and allows one the space to flourish and grow. With Mars here, there is the necessary will power and energy to make the choices we need to make. Mars is strong, assertive and sexual. Passion definitely runs high and emotions run deep. There is again, the feeling of wanting to move forward, though something still may not be sitting quite right. Avoid the temptation to act impulsively.

To learn more about Venus retrograde, read Leaving The Comfort Zone.

Uranus in Aries in the 5th house aspecting Venus retrograde and Mars in Leo suggests there is still an element of detachment in the air. With Mars here, this issue needs to be addressed. It may be a time take responsibility for actions and owning one’s feelings. You may find yourself issuing or asking for a second chance. Whether it be re-starting an old hobby, forgiving a friend, re-considering a purchase, or even giving things with a past lover another try – it is not the time to rule anything out yet.

In addition to Venus retrograde and Mars stirring up some action on September 1st, Mercury in Libra enters its retrograde shadow period. Make note of the experiences you encounter the first few weeks of September, as they will likely be revisited in one way or another when Mercury stations retrograde and retraces its path.